Antivirus is preventative software designed specifically to protect machines from malicious software, or malware. Malware is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware includes: computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, spyware, adware, and other programs. ITS provides software for faculty and staff to assist in the prevention and removal of malware and other viruses on University-owned devices. For students and personal devices, UConn recommends free-to-download Avira Anti-Virus.